Here Is A ‘Big Penis’ Warning From The FDA

By | July 20, 2019

If you are taking a supplement, are you really taking something like Viagra, pictured here? (Photo by: BSIP/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Big Penis warning.

Now, your first reaction may be, “I didn’t realize that size matters to the FDA.” Or perhaps you are going into hiding.

Well, in this case, Big Penis is actually the name of a product that’s classified as a dietary supplement. Take a wild guess as to what this supplement is being marketed to do.

Before you Google “what is Big Penis” and get some unpleasant surprises, the following FDA tweet shows the product’s box in the lower right-hand corner of the accompanying picture:

As you can see, the box has the words, “male sexual stimulant.” These words may serve as a hint about what this supplement is supposed to do. Of course, so might the words “Big Penis.” After all, you don’t tend to see such words on, say, a loaf of bread.

How exactly might this product achieve this “big” goal? The FDA performed a laboratory analysis of the product and one ingredient, ahem, stood out: sildenafil. What-a-fill? Who’d-a-fill? Landfill? Chick-fil-A? No, sildenafil.

Sildenafil is the active ingredient in Viagra. Viagra is the FDA-approved medication to help give you an erection, which incidentally shouldn’t last for more than four hours. Yet, according to the FDA announcement, this was an “undeclared”ingredient in the Big Penis product. What’s up with that?

Here is the chemical structure of sildenafil. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Not declaring such an ingredient can be a big problem. What if someone taking a nitrate-containing drug like nitroglycerin were to unknowingly take sildenafil, which can interact with the nitrates and lead to dangerously low blood pressure? Even if you aren’t taking nitrate-containing medications, sildenafil can have a range of  adverse effects. You could be allergic to the ingredient. If you have medical problems such as heart or kidney problems, you really should talk to you doctor before taking anything with sildenafil because serious complications can occur. Then, there’s the whole warning about having an erection for more than four hours.

It’s one thing to take an erectile dysfunction medication when you know that you are taking it, and better yet, if your doctor knows that you are taking it. It is totally another thing to consume such a drug unknowingly. As you can see in this segment of The Jimmy Kimmel Show, while an ad for Big Penis talks about “improve male sexual capacity, effective treatment impotence, premature ejaculation, improve sexual life quality, having speed solution men of secret sorrow,” and cites an expert named “John Dr,” it makes no mention of sildenafil:

How’s that men of secret sorrow?

The aforementioned FDA tweet also included warnings about other products surreptitiously having sildenafil such as Plant Vigra, Vigour 800 mg, Shengjingpian, and Black Storm. Of note, the Black Storm packaging includes the statement that it is “Easy to be a man” and that it “makes it big, long-lasting, increasing sperms.” In other words, this product is also presumably supposed to increase your sperms count.

This is not the first time that the FDA has detected erectile dysfunction medication ingredients where they shouldn’t be. For example, I wrote previously for Forbes about how the FDA had found desmethyl carbodenafil in Stiff Bull Herbal Coffee. This could have added new meaning to using coffee to wake up in the morning because desmethyl carbodenafil is quite similar to sildenafil.

Then, there were the HelloCig E-Liquids for vaping that had, hello, sildenafil along with tadalafil. As I had indicated for Forbes, the FDA had to warn about this unapproved use of these erectile dysfunction ingredients.

Additionally, another of my articles for Forbes covered a study published in JAMA Network Open that demonstrated how it isn’t hard to find unapproved uses of erectile dysfunction medication ingredients in dietary supplements. What makes matter worse is that most of the time these ingredients may not even be mentioned on the packaging or the labels. Who knows, then, what else may be in such supplements?

So if a supplement claims that it will make something big or create lots of sperms, be suspicious, be careful, and don’t use such supplements. Otherwise, you could be in for some secret sorrow.

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